The Howard Stern - Michael Powell phone call from Tuesday morning is taking on a life of its own, with over 700 different media reports covering the discussion. Stern spent part of his show this morning sifting through the coverage, before lambasting the mainstream media over the way he is being portrayed, specifically taking offense to being called "foul-mouthed" in an AP report that was picked up by USA Today and The Los Angeles Times, among a multitude of other papers.
"You're not allowed as a journalist to make value judgments and write 'foul-mouthed,' 'potty-mouthed' or 'self-promoting,'" said Stern, later adding, "These guys couldn't write a fair journalistic piece without editorializing. The whole system stinks."
Meanwhile, Stern is taking his request for a one-on-one interview to new levels, by demanding the FCC chairman sit down for an interview. Stern said it is Powell's duty as a public official to sit down with not only a taxpayer, but a broadcaster with whom the FCC chairman's decisions directly affect.
Stern said he would do the interview outside of his daily radio show studio and in a "neutral territory" if Powell accepted the offer. The interview would be used for his yet-to-debut ABC television program.
"I demand to have an interview with the head of the FCC!" Stern emphatically stated this morning. "I demand it! And you, as taxpayers should demand it. Everywhere he goes, every show he is on, call in [and ask] 'Why are you ducking Howard Stern?'"
"He should have to answer for what has happened to broadcasting on his watch -- consolidation of television stations in to the hands of a few people and radio stations in to the hands of a few people," added Robin Quivers.
"If you let me - for an hour - interview the head of the FCC, he would resign," said Stern. "I'm telling you, I could get the man to resign. That's how lightweight he is. That's how ridiculous his thought process is. This one ten-minute phone call that I made has caused such controversy, because I actually got to him with some of the points. I just grazed the surface. This is the guy who is sitting and telling you what you can listen to, and in a ten-minute conversation, he crumbled."
Included in the 700+ media reports was one from CNBC where the FCC chairman's father came to the defense of his son.
"I have to point out my son, Michael, whom I'm enormously proud of, became a commissioner of the FCC long before I became Secretary of State," Colin Powell said Wednesday. "And, for all I know he might have had influence in getting me to become Secretary of State — but this is all just so much nonsense. My son is an enormously qualified individual, and I think he has served — if I may so as a father and as a not so distant observer — with great distinction."